5 Reasons You Should Take Out Pet Insurance

At Gawler Animal Hospital, we think pet insurance is a real ‘no-brainer’ and I’d like to tell you why.  I heard yesterday about a tale of woe that reminded me why insurance is such a good idea for pet owners. The lady telling me the story discovered her dog in a pretty distressed state and

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The Benefits of Private Veterinary Practice

There was a piece on last week’s episode of ‘Today/Tonight’ which cast aspersions over the ethics of the veterinary profession in South Australia. The title of the show was “Vet Rip-Off’ and the basic premise was that owners are being over-serviced by vets. As you may imagine, I take  offence at that suggestion and at some

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Harper’s Spider-bite Horror-show!

So often, we have owners tells us they think their pet has been bitten by a spider. Very seldom has this actually happened. In Harper’s case, we think that genuinely was the problem and it made for a horrible time for poor Harper and her owners, Matthew and Bianca Simunsen. Harper is a delightful little

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No Bull – it’s a Bladder Stone!

That’s right, what you’re looking at in this picture is a bladder stone! From all accounts, the presence of a stone in the urinary tract is a very uncomfortable condition (or downright painful, apparently). That’s exactly the situation we had to face with Emmy Lou, a little Westie we treated recently. Unfortunately, urinary tract infection

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Dealing with Growth

Over the last two to three years (and particularly since moving into the new premises last year), we’ve experienced major growth in our practice. This growth has allowed us to improve our client service in several ways including the following: We’ve improved our facilities (the building speaks for itself, I think) We have upgraded equipment

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Fleas and the Bubonic Plague!

I recently read an article describing the devastation and terror caused by the ‘Black Death’ (Bubonic Plague) which killed over half of the population of my native Edinburgh in the mid 1300’s. Far more alarming was the fact that the same disease killed up to 200 million people (a quarter of the entire population) in

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The Joy of Reunion with your Pet

In discussion with our staff, recently, a comment came up from one of the nurses that really intrigued me. She said that what gave her real joy and satisfaction in her job was seeing the relief and pleasure on the face of an owner on being reunited with a pet after a stay in hospital.

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What You Need to Know about Allergies & Itchy Pets

Itchy dogs (and, to a lesser extent, cats) are a real problem for our clients at this time of year. It happens every Spring and keeps us busy providing treatment and advice. Although there are several factors which come into play, the main cause of the itchiness is allergies of one form or another.The itchiness caused by

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Is your Pet Fully Vaccinated?

Every year at about this time, we start to hear tales of parvovirus raising its ugly head in the South Australian dog population. This disease has been around since the late 1960’s when it appeared worldwide. It’s been killing dogs ever since. Luckily, we now have very effective vaccines which protect our dogs but these are

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The Ten Commandments of Grass Seed Season in Pets!

Over the last few days, I’ve come back from my morning run with the dogs and the evidence is clear on my shoes – it’s grass seed season again! Although those wheaten-coloured paddocks may look lovely and can be great fun for our dogs to run around in, they hold a hidden menace for both

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